November 2017 Changes

Halloween houseWhew! Halloween is over. Most of the media requests have faded into memory, and my schedule is – once again – my own. Well… sort of.

Here’s what I’m working on:

  1. The free course, which will be one of several at GhostHuntingAcademy.com. Basically, I’m updating the free “Introduction to Ghost Hunting” course I created years ago, and adding new worksheets, videos, etc. ETA: December 2017. (I have other free courses in mind for 2018.)
  2. Videos for YouTube. I’ll be adding many more to improve my articles and free courses, and – of course – just for fun.
  3. Podcasts. I thought most of the old ones (nearly 100 podcasts) were lost. No, they were just hiding in archives I didn’t know about. Yay! So, I’m reviewing them. And, I’m adding the best to related articles at HollowHill.com. I’m also going to use some as soundtracks for YouTube videos.
  4. Books. Earlier this year (2017), I removed almost all of my books from publication. Most of them were in dire need of updates & corrections. I’ll be juggling those revisions with my work on courses, videos, and podcasts. With some luck, at least one of my books will be back in print by the end of 2017. (Which means 2018, since – in a preposterously optimistic, rosy haze – I tend to overbook my schedule.)
  5. Big website changes. On November 15th, EncounterGhosts.com will vanish, but only the URL. All of that website’s articles (and more) are back at HollowHill.com, and I’m expanding & updating that site, steadily. (All old Encounter Ghosts links will redirect to the new location.)
  6. Other website updates. I’m improving & updating the articles at Ghosts101.com. I’m also planning to republish the content as a book (print and digital) with about 20 new questions, answered. If you have a ghost-related question, ask it in comments at any of my websites, and I may add it to the book.
  7. Experiments. I’m working on a few weird & quirky ideas for remote (“armchair”) paranormal research. So far, I’m learning what doesn’t work, but a couple of things look promising. If this is fruitful, I’ll share more in 2018.
  8. And then there’s the Mandela Effect. I’m considering a few videos to explain my views of it. Well… maybe. In the past year or two, the topic took on a life of its own, sometimes in good ways… but also in oh-dear-heaven ways, as well. I’m not sure whether I should define my views so they’re clear, or stay out of the fray. (I see it as a fun, “what if…?” topic that went viral, mostly thanks to George Takei. And then, a few hundred thousand people added their ideas, and that number seems to keep growing, daily. To be honest, I’m kind of aghast.)

So, that’s what’s happening at my desk and in field research for the rest of 2017. I’m enjoying the peace & quiet, and opportunities to create cool new resources for paranormal researchers. Happy holidays ahead!

New Feature at Hollow Hill: Ask Fiona

Halloween moon with owl, tree, and batsHalloween is nearly here. Daily, I receive many questions in email. There’s no way I can answer all of them, individually.

So, I’ve decided to try an alternative: An “Ask Fiona” page where readers can post their questions as comments.

As time permits, I’ll reply with a short answer (and possibly a useful link or two).

For more complicated questions, I’m creating an “Ask Fiona” article series. That’s where I’ll reply with more detailed information.

Due to the volume of questions I receive, I’m not sure this is a good idea. It may be more than I can manage, with the rest of my research & writing.

But, it’s worth a try, and it may be fun.

If you have a question about ghosts, ghost hunting, or haunted places, here’s where you can ask: New Feature: Ask Fiona.

New Freebies Are Here

GhostbatFor Halloween, I hope to update all of my freebies. They include reports, checklists, and worksheets for ghost hunters. I’ve also updated some of my fun handouts from past Dragon Con presentations.

Most of them are ready now, and the files are at Google Drive. Anyone can download these freebies, so it’s okay to share those links with friends.

The list of 2017 freebies (with links) is at this site, on my Free Downloads page.

The same list is at Hollow Hill, as well, at http://hollowhill.com/downloads/

I’ll continue working on the remaining updates, plus some new freebies for this year. (Most of those won’t be available until late October 2017, because I’m also updating some of my books. And giving media interviews. And investigating more haunts. Yes, it’s a busy time of year, and tremendous fun!)

Hollow Hill Returns

Hollow Hill - the ghost hunting websiteThis week, we’re relaunching HollowHill.com.

Back in the mid-1990s, my ghost hunting articles appeared at GeoCities.

Then, in 1999, as that virtual community was phased out, I started Hollow Hill as a paranormal research site. (The name referenced Ireland’s “hollow hills” with a strong nod to Sleepy Hollow.)

But, by 2014, Hollow Hill had become a behemoth. I’d written over 700 ghost-related articles. Site navigation was a nightmare.

So, I split the articles into categories, and moved them — in groups — to nearly a dozen smaller sites like Ghosts101.com and EncounterGhosts.com.

Now, we have new navigation tools. Big sites are okay. So, Hollow Hill returns.

This has been — and continues to be — the big 2017 project.

Ghosts101.com101 Ghost Hunting Questions Answered is now a Q&A site based on my earlier ebook, 101 Ghost Hunting Questions, Answered.

EncounterGhosts.com will be phased out between now and mid-November.

As of last night, HollowHill.com has around 400 articles. We’re still fixing broken links, updating the articles, etc.

We’re also adding “lost” articles as time permits, to make the site more like my original Hollow Hill.

Meanwhile, between seasonal media interviews, I’m continuing to work on book revisions and new books. Fingers crossed, many will be in print by Halloween.

Welcome back!

My team have redesigned my FionaBroome.com website with more features and better focus.

Currently, most of the articles are about my books.

Soon, I’ll add new content about the books I’m working on, and things I’ve learned while researching them. Many of the free downloads are still available. Some are being updated for Halloween 2017.

We’re redesigning and relaunching some of my other websites, and shifting my social media focus. This is a big project with lofty goals. It will take several months, but I think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Paranormal research is changing. Ghost hunting is becoming less sensational, with a clear line between “Dude, run!” reactions, and evidence-based research.

Currently, my older books are out of print, because the information wasn’t current enough to meet my standards. Updating them is a high priority, so I’m working on that, right now.

I’m also updating the free ghost hunting course, adding MP3s, printable worksheets, and more up-to-date information. (If you see a freebie that interests you, download it immediately. I’m phasing out the outdated ones, even if some of the information is still valid.)

This is an exciting time for paranormal research, and I’m delighted to be involved in it.